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Old 03-01-2013, 05:11
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Seance On A Wet Afternoon
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Performance
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Old 03-01-2013, 19:04
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The Croupier.
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Old 03-01-2013, 19:29
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Gangster No 1

i hate gangster films but this was brilliant
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Old 03-01-2013, 20:31
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Another vote for Performance.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:29
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Gangster No 1

i hate gangster films but this was brilliant
I was just going to say Gangster No 1 meechyemoo! For me along with Performance, and the Krays its just a fantastic movie and so underrated. Paul Bethany in I think one of his first lead performances is just STUNNING. He portrays a psycho as he plays the up and coming young gangster....but not alone with his actions, its all in his eyes, his presance - it is for me one of the most incredible performances I have seen in a move and my favourite performance of Mr Bethany - just incredible! The supporting cast too are fantastic, eddie marson always excellent as a fellow gangster, saffron burrows is just beautiful as the gangters girl, jamie forman excellent as the rival gangster/and david thewlis gives an also fantastic performance as bethany's hero/obsession. I was bllown away by the performances in this movie, see it if you haven't!

Another vote for Performance.
Loved this movie too, just wierd, strange but very cool - loved James Fox and Jagger in it too.

One movie not sure if its seens as underrated but I think the Krays is just superb. The Kemp brothers are fantastic in it, and I for one think its a stunning movie, with great performances by Martin and Gary and a great depiction of their lives and that time London.
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Old 08-01-2013, 00:10
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Anyone seen The Upturned Glass? Been on ITV4 a few times in recent months and I just got round to watching it today. Stars James Mason as a surgeon who plans to kill the woman who he thinks killed his lover. Very Hitchcockian with lots of suspense. Worth a watch if it comes on TV again.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:12
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I agree with many of the comments on here about the oldie British gangster films.

My favourites are:

Hell Drivers

Hell Is a City

The Frightened City.

Stanley Baker starred in the first two. He was a great loss to the British film industry when he died so young.
Thought some might want to know that Hell Drivers is available at iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode.../Hell_Drivers/ until Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Old 03-02-2014, 23:24
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:14
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The Offence 1972 staring Sean Connery, Ian Bannen directed by Sidney Lumet.
Not a normal crime movie, Copper Connery after a paedophile suspect Bannen.
If you're someone who thinks Connery can't act, this will change your mind.
Very dark though.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:09
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As a movie fan I love these threads, but sometimes genuinely confused by titles/definitions (as with recent cult threads). For example, I thought Villain, Gangster No 1, Performance, Hell Drivers were highly rated rather than opposite. Perhaps not at time of release (the woe of many genre films) but certainly since. So is just our personal opinions of underrated? But I digress...

Other than many films already mentioned, the only obscure-ish ones I can think I thought were interesting when caught on TV were:

* one with a young Michael York as a rookie cop; remember this gruesome scene where he gets screwdriver through cheeks (Strange something?)
* Alex Cox's Revengers Tragedy? A bit messy, but thought it was...different for a Brit crime/gangster drama. I guess in Cook, Thief... vein.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:21
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I love all the films about the Essex boys killings

Bonded by blood
Rise of the foot soldiers
And fall of the Essex boys that one is very violent but a good film.

Four lions is the best British film I know it's not gangster but it bloody good
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Old 09-02-2014, 13:38
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As a movie fan I love these threads, but sometimes genuinely confused by titles/definitions (as with recent cult threads). For example, I thought Villain, Gangster No 1, Performance, Hell Drivers were highly rated rather than opposite. Perhaps not at time of release (the woe of many genre films) but certainly since. So is just our personal opinions of underrated? But I digress...

Other than many films already mentioned, the only obscure-ish ones I can think I thought were interesting when caught on TV were:

* one with a young Michael York as a rookie cop; remember this gruesome scene where he gets screwdriver through cheeks (Strange something?)
* Alex Cox's Revengers Tragedy? A bit messy, but thought it was...different for a Brit crime/gangster drama. I guess in Cook, Thief... vein.
On the niche/underrated point.
I suppose it comes down to films that to casual observers/non movie 'fans' wouldn't have heard of.

I'm the 'right' age where I should have seen/heard of a fair few of the films mentioned as a casual observer, but I haven't.
Villain for example, never heard of it found out about it hunting about for gangster stuff related to Donald Westlake and his Parker character.
As an aside Ian McShane discussing Villain.
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Old 09-02-2014, 14:23
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Old 09-02-2014, 14:42
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As a movie fan I love these threads, but sometimes genuinely confused by titles/definitions (as with recent cult threads). For example, I thought Villain, Gangster No 1, Performance, Hell Drivers were highly rated rather than opposite. Perhaps not at time of release (the woe of many genre films) but certainly since. So is just our personal opinions of underrated? But I digress...
Threads tend to drift a little. Sometimes you'll get posters not reading the thread or using the search and post films that have previously been posted. At other times posters will just post a list of films.
And as you say, sometimes posters will just post about something vaguely on topic such as a film being British, or about gangsters, or about them being underrated but not all three which is what the topic is about.

But that's internet forums for you
(I've almost certainly done the same in the past)
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Old 09-02-2014, 15:17
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One film I really want to see which I guess fits the criteria is The Small World of Sammy Lee, 1963 Anthony Newley film set in a Soho strip club. The cast looks amazing and post Gurney Slade viewing , Newley's a bit of a hero of mine. Anybody out there seen it? Any good?

I know it was the first film Philip French reviewed for the Observer. Can't ever remember it on TV.

Agree with Hell Drivers, by the way. Great film, amazing cast.

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Old 09-02-2014, 16:00
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The League of Gentlemen (1960) - Jack Hawkins' embittered ex-Army officer invites a group of other (disgraced) ex-Army officers to help him pull off a bank robbery. Well worth your time. DVD, picture is alright, sound is a bit sub-par.
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Old 09-02-2014, 17:38
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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948 should be mentioned, also Night and the City.
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Old 09-02-2014, 17:57
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Threads tend to drift a little. Sometimes you'll get posters not reading the thread or using the search and post films that have previously been posted. At other times posters will just post a list of films.
And as you say, sometimes posters will just post about something vaguely on topic such as a film being British, or about gangsters, or about them being underrated but not all three which is what the topic is about.

But that's internet forums for you
(I've almost certainly done the same in the past)
Thank you. My friend loves the British crime/gangster genre enough to have seen all popular, well known and/or highly rated films. So yes, he's seen Gangster No. 1, Villain, Performance, Dead Man's Shoes, Scum, McVicar, Hell Drivers, etc.

Hence, the request for lesser known or forgotten British gangster/crime films that deserve more attention.

In hindsight, I should have asked for gangster/crime films that don't show up in any major publication's best-film list, e.g. Sight & Sound, Empire, etc., as it's how he found which films to watch.

In any case, I've passed on the titles from this thread to him a while back. He was very pleased to have the ones he hadn't heard of. So it's great that there's more titles, which I'll pass on. Thanks, and please do keep them coming.
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Old 09-02-2014, 18:05
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In hindsight, I should have asked for gangster/crime films that don't show up in any major publication's best-film list, e.g. Sight & Sound, Empire, etc., as it's how he found which films to watch.
It wouldn't have mattered
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Old 09-02-2014, 18:18
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It wouldn't have mattered
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